The Ohio State University and AT&T Announce Technology Initiatives Designed to Educate Students, Patients
AT&T Provides $1 Million Contribution to WOSU Public Media, OSU Medical Center
Columbus, Ohio, February 29, 2008
The Ohio State University and AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced the unveiling of the WOSU@COSI AT&T Exhibit Gallery and the plans for an interactive video-on-demand service for OSU Medical Center patients. AT&T, a longtime supporter of The Ohio State University, is providing a $1 million contribution ($500,000 for each initiative) to help fund both projects.
In August 2006, WOSU Public Media opened WOSU@COSI, a 12,000-square-foot interactive, all-digital television and radio studio housed in the COSI Columbus science museum. The new AT&T Exhibit Gallery is home to U•TV, which allows young WOSU@COSI visitors to, among other imaginative exercises, play the role of a meteorologist getting blown around by hurricane winds while reporting the weather. The AT&T Exhibit Gallery also boasts the Digital Welcome Mat, which allows youngsters to experience an interactive display of lights and sounds. Using the AT&T grant, WOSU@COSI will add new educational exhibits related to digital technology and new media.
To expand the delivery of patient education, OSU Medical Center will use its contribution to establish an online video-on-demand portal, where patients and their families will be able to access a vast library of health-related information. The system will include a mix of streaming videos and static content that will explain topics ranging from what a patient can expect during a hospital stay to postoperative care for wounds. In the hospital, nurses will be able to help patients access the information at any time. At home, patients and their families will be able to retrieve the information through an Internet connection. OSU Medical Center personnel are implementing the new AT&T-funded program because the ability to instantly access essential patient-care information will lead to reduced stress and anxiety for patients, and will result in shorter hospital stays, fewer post-operative complications and better compliance with doctor's orders.
"We are thrilled with this generous gift from our friends at AT&T," said E. Gordon Gee, president of The Ohio State University. "The new AT&T Exhibit gallery enables us to engage and enrich the children in our community in exciting ways. Through the medical center's new video system, AT&T helps us to ease the lives of patients and their families by providing essential information that is available anytime, anywhere."
"These two projects clearly demonstrate the vitally important and vastly diverse roles technology plays in our daily lives as well as Ohio State's commitment to serve the community beyond its campus," said Connie Browning, president, AT&T Ohio. "AT&T is proud to work with Ohio State on these two initiatives, which will have a significant impact on the health, well-being and productivity of our community for years to come."
In addition to educating and entertaining daily COSI visitors, the AT&T Exhibit Gallery and all other aspects of WOSU@COSI are part of the digital media curriculum for the Metro School — a high school that prepares students for the connected world through accelerated high school work, community-based learning initiatives, and Ohio State coursework in science, math and technology. The Metro School, which opened in 2006, is operated by the Educational Council, a confederation of the 16 public school districts in Franklin County. It receives substantial support from both Battelle and Ohio State, whose faculty developed the curriculum.
Before receiving the AT&T contribution, OSU Medical Center had built a video-on-demand system for trial use at the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital. That system, which is believed to be the first of its kind, allows patients and nurses to retrieve videos on a variety of topics, such as heart catheterizations, at any time. Because the trial system has been such a success with nurses and patients, OSU Medical Center will use the contribution money from AT&T to expand the project to other parts of its hospital system.
AT&T has demonstrated consistent support for Ohio State programs and initiatives. Including today's contribution, AT&T has given $6.4 million to the university through the years.
AT&T and the AT&T Foundation combine more than $1.9 billion of historic charitable commitment to communities across the country. In 2007, AT&T contributed more than $164 million through corporate, employee and AT&T Foundation giving programs.
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About The Ohio State University Medical Center
Located in Columbus, Ohio, The Ohio State University Medical Center is one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country and the only academic medical center in central Ohio. Driven by our mission to improve people's lives through innovation in research, Ohio State University Medical Center saves lives and improves the quality of life by rapidly translating the latest discoveries from the research lab to the bedside. Ohio State University Medical Center educates a large percentage of the region's physicians and provides advanced training and continuing education for clinicians. Located in Columbus, Ohio, The Ohio State University Medical Center is one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country and the only academic medical center in central Ohio. Driven by our mission to improve people's lives through innovation in research, Ohio State University Medical Center saves lives and improves the quality of life by rapidly translating the latest discoveries from the research lab to the bedside. Ohio State University Medical Center educates a large percentage of the region's physicians and provides advanced training and continuing education for clinicians.
About WOSU Public Media
WOSU Public Media serves as a gateway to nonprofit educational and cultural resources in the Central Ohio community. Each week, 28,000 teachers and over 392,000 students receive WOSU's daily educational programming and services. WOSU TV/WPBO TV reaches an audience of nearly 500,000 viewers a week; Classical Music WOSU 89.7 brings the greatest in classical music to the homes and offices of over 95,000 listeners; WOSU NPR News, challenges the thoughts of more than 72,000 central Ohioans; and www.wosu.org draws more than 14,000 visitors a month to its pages. Finally, WOSU Public Media stands committed to playing an active role in the community, contributing to and serving the various needs of Central Ohio.
About Philanthropy at AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T supports projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2007, AT&T contributed more than $164 million through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T and the AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T, combine more than $1.9 billion of historic charitable commitment to communities across the country.
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